Porous Pachyderm

March 19, 2008 By: erik Category: House, Photos 489 views

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Porous PachydermToday’s post is another edition of “Erik can’t think of what to blog about so he’s photographing items on his desk, many of which he’s not sure how they got there, but they sort of ‘belong’ now”. I think this might be my favorite of the objects that stare at me all day. It definitely took the most skill to create. I’ve had her for many years now. Several years ago she fell and chipped a tusk.

The amazing thing about this carved wooden elephant is hard to spot at first glance. Most people never notice its secret, I’m sure. See anything special about it?Porous Pachyderm

I don’t know what the tusks are made of. I suppose there’s some chance that they could be actual ivory.

Porous Pachyderm

Porous Pachyderm

Porous Pachyderm

Have you spotted it yet? She’s got a little baby elephant inside her, facing the other direction. You can see its eye in this last shot. The craftsmanship to carve such an object from one piece of wood rather blows my mind.

My main motive behind photographing this creature was to practice a new photographic lighting technique. Can you figure out how I lit the subject of these photos? I didn’t use the camera’s built-in flash, and the room was pitch dark with the exception of my light source. I’ll give the answer in my next post.

[Update: solution here.]

  • Lightsource – your computer monitor?
    BTW, it’s “pachyderm”.

  • Doh! Thanks for that, Simon. So much for using google searches as a spellchecker.

    Not a computer monitor. Good guess, though.

  • I like the idea of it being a CRT, so if not a monitor, perhaps an older TV? Assuming the white balance setting on the image fairly accurately reproduces the color, the bluish specular highlights remind me of the glow TVs cast. Also, the lighting is soft enough that I think probably the the light source is either big (bigger than a bulb, anyway) or moving. (Do I get credit for showing my work?)

  • Good work, Mr. AquariumDrinker. You’re definitely on the right track.

    It’s not a CRT.

  • Speaking of aquarium drinking, hast thou an aquarium? They are wonderful smelly fun.

  • No. We are completely petless*, which some people find odd, considering that my wife is a veterinarian.

    *I don’t think Spike counts.